County News

March 24, 2020

Up Coming Dog Obedience Classes at Black Hawk County Extension, 3420 University Ave., Waterloo at 6:00pm on Tuesdays:
• May 12  • May 19. • May 26. • June 2. • June 9. • June 16. • June 23. • June 30  • July 7 - Practice Show to get ready for Fair!  • July 14th for additional help

Questions? Contact Diane Wolfe,

March 20, 2020

Questions and Anwers about 2020 Non-Livestock Projects.
See them here, if you have more questions please email Diane at

Remember all NON-Livestock (Static) Projects must be entered into
by July 12, 2020!

March 19, 2020

Sorry about the confusion... YES WE ARE HAVING SWINE WEIGH IN this Saturday!

Please email or Diane if you need taggers or tags!

• Livestock need to be "ID" in ia.4honline by June 1st. And photos uploaded into ia.4honline too.

• It has been decided that our fair will be Non-terminal and Paylean Free. READ MORE

March 9, 2020

Safety and Education in Shooting Sports (SESS) 

Registration is open to youth entering 4th-8th grade (2020-2021 school year) and who are enrolled in 4-H. At camp, you will have the opportunity to explore the SESS program by trying new skills, meeting new friends, and making connections with County Shooting Sports Clubs. Hunter safety training will be provided at this camp. Opportunities to develop skills in Archery, Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, and Wildlife will be provided at this overnight camp.

$150 early registration (deadline May 31st)
$175 registration (deadline June 12th).    Registrator Here!

February 25, 2020

Meet new friends! Fun overnight filled camping adventure where the fun never ends!
Experience team building, gain camping skills, crafts, Olympic style activities and more!
A camp letter, packing list and required waivers will be mailed out a few weeks before camp.

Will be held at Camp Pine Lake, 23008 W Avenue, Eldora, IA  50627
COST: $75 Registration closes May 22, 2020
Download Registration Form Here

February 20, 2020

See Animal Roundup vidoe and learn more...

2020 Dates to Remember:

  • April 15, 4-H Animal Science Roundup Application Deadline. Apply here.
  • May 1-June 15, Iowa 4-H Foundation financial assistance form due

Conference Registration will open in March 2020, Click here to applyTheme coming soon!

  • June 1, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference Registration due for regular registration fee set at $180
  • June 10, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference LATE Registration due with $20 late fee; no refunds on cancelations after this date
  • June 11, Requests for Early Arrival by county staff are due
  • June 25, Talent Show and Banquet Speaking Applications are due
  • June 29, Early Arrival--arranged by county staff with chaperones for $30 per person
  • June 30-July 2, 2020 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, ISU, Ames
February 7, 2020

Included with the spay is a free rabies and FVRCP vaccine if needed. There is a limited number of first come, first serve spay appointments available. Sign Up by calling the Black Hawk County Extension Office at 319-234-6811 or emailing Diane at

January 21, 2020

Thank You Farm Credit Services of America, Cedar Falls for your generous monetary gift to go toward our new 4-H Fair building, which was constructed last year on the Cattle Congress Grounds!

January 17, 2020

The Black Hawk County 4-H FTC team competed in their League Championship in Denver Iowa on Saturday January 11th. Their efforts in the competition that day coupled with a successful season to date, landed them a spot on the winning alliance. This was enough to give the team an invitation to the super regional competition which will be held February 1st in Waverly. The team also received recognition for their Robot design with a second place Innovation award.

Read more

December 27, 2019

Conference Registration will open in March 2020. Click here for more info!

December 18, 2019

Seventy-four military care packages have been mailed to Iowa soldiers deployed oversees. Each care package was packed full of snacks, food, hygiene, reading and other materials soldiers often miss from home as a result of a 4-H service project. 
Two Black Hawk County 4-H clubs solicited donations, raised funds to cover the cost of mailing the packages. Youth and community volunteers organized, inventoried and packed the donations while learning about customs and ways to support United States soldiers. The Lincoln Links and Black Hawk Stars 4-H Clubs worked together along with friends and community members to serve a need they identified for care items soldiers miss most. These care packages will benefit men and women deployed from Waterloo, Hudson, Boone and surrounding communities with extras sent to share with everyone in the unit. Read more...

December 17, 2019

Black Hawk County - Dike Public Library, February 12, 2020  - 1:30 PM, Questions call 319-234-6811

See sites for other counties here.

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements. “Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period or take and pass an exam once every three years,” said Dan Andersen, assistant professor, ISU Ag and Biosystems Engineering and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program.

December 4, 2019

STEM-Lit to Go! teaches young children about science, math, technology, engineering and literature through play.  Created by Iowa State University's School of Education. It's designed for students in kindergarten through third grade. Twelve kits to check out and enjoy! SEE VIDEO! SEE all kits available!

December 3, 2019

Congratulations to our 4-H award winners! Many 4-hers earned Record Book Keeping Awards for turning in a Record Book. Plus, many Project Awards where given for entering a Fair Project for 2 years or more along with filling out the award information paper work. Also, Excellence Awards where presented to the Senior 4-H members. Also, 4-H Alumni, Club Volunteer and Honorary Awards where given. Plus, special recognition for Leaders Years of Service! Many well deserved recipients were honored for their hard work!

Congratulations to our 2 Lions Club Winners at the Black Hawk Counties 4-H Award Banquet last Sunday night, they are Brooke Best and Will Fettkether! This award is given to outstanding 4-H club members who have developed an all-around 4-H experience. Winners have participated in a wide variety of projects, activities and demonstrated excellence in character and personal development!

And Congratulations to our Danforth "I Dare You" Award winner, Ellie Brown! The award is given to an individual who have demonstrated leadership qualities. The individual selected must have an alert and ever-growing minds, demonstrate community service, and possess excellence in character. See more winners here!

November 26, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Private Continuing Instruction Courses:
• January 7th - 1:30 PM (Pre-register, Save $5 by calling 319-234-6811)
• January 16th - ALL DAY Crop Advantage - REGISTER ONLINE HERE
• February 5th - 9:30 AM (Pre-register, Save $5 by calling 319-234-6811)
• March 10th - 7:00 PM (Pre-register, Save $5 by calling 319-234-6811)  

ALL Courses will be held at Tama Hall, Hawkeye Community College, 1501 Orange Road, Waterloo, Iowa Read more

Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made less than seven days prior to the meeting or on-site is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits. REGISTER ONLINE HERE  or call 515-294-6429 or 

Private Continuing Instruction Courses Registration:
Call Extension Office 319-234-6811 in advance $20. At the door $25. See Brochure 
for Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification

November 14, 2019

Not in Black Hawk County, but see other counties schedule here.  

October 22, 2019

See the tested and researched Apple Recipes from the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Thanks to Jill Weber for sharing her demonstration. See recipes here!

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